Meet a NASA astronaut – twice

Jun 12, 2013
Michael Foreman

If you’ve ever wanted to meet an astronaut, you’ve got two chances this week.

NASA Astronaut Michael Foreman will be speaking at the Everett Golf & Country Club on June 14 for the South Everett-Mukilteo Rotary Club and again at the Future of Flight Aviation Center on June 15 for the Future of Flight Foundation.

Foreman will present “Experiences aboard the International Space Station” from noon to 1:30 on Friday at the Everett Golf & Country Club, 1500 52nd St. S.E., Everett, and from 1-1:45 p.m. on Saturday at the Future of Flight, 8415 Paine Field Blvd., Mukilteo.

Both presentations are free. The public is welcome to attend.

A veteran of two space flights, Foreman flew on STS-123 in March 2008 and STS-129 in November 2009 and has logged more than 637 hours in space, including 32 hours and 19 minutes of EVA (extravehicular activity) in five spacewalks.

The STS-123 Endeavour (March 11-26, 2008) was a night launch and landing. It was the 25th shuttle/station assembly mission.

Endeavour’s crew delivered the Japanese Experiment Logistics Module – Pressurized Section, the first pressurized component of JAXA’s Kibo Laboratory and the final element of the station’s Mobile Servicing System, the Canadian-built Dextre, also known as the Special Purpose Dextrous Manipulator.

While on the station, Foreman performed three spacewalks for a total of 19 hours and 34 minutes of EVA.

The STS-123 crew also delivered Expedition 16 flight engineer Garrett Reisman, and returned to Earth with ESA’s Léopold Eyharts.

The mission was accomplished in 250 orbits of the Earth, traveling more than 6.5 million miles in 15 days, 18 hours, 10 minutes and 54 seconds.

STS-129 (Nov. 16-29, 2009) was the 31st shuttle flight to the International Space Station.

The crew delivered two Express Logistics Carriers (ELC racks) to the International Space Station, about 30,000 pounds of replacement parts for systems that provide power to the station, keep it from overheating and maintain proper orientation in space.

During that mission, Foreman performed two spacewalks for a total of 12 hours and 45 minutes of EVA.

The STS-129 mission was completed in 10 days, 19 hours, 16 minutes and 13 seconds, traveling 4.5 million miles in 171 orbits, and returned to Earth.

The crew brought back with them NASA Astronaut Nicole Stott, following her tour of duty aboard the space station.

The June 14 presentation follows the Rotary Club’s meeting. Lunch is optional and is $14 per person.

Autographs and photos with the astronaut will be available from 1:45- 2:15 p.m. on June 15.

RSVP at mary@futureofflightfoundation.org. Go to www.semr.org or www.futureofflightfoundation.org for more information.

-Edited by Beacon staff

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